The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights (Сказка о мёртвой царевне и семи богатырях), 1951
The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights (Russian: Сказка о мёртвой царевне и семи богатырях) is a 1833 fairy-tale poem by Aleksandr Pushkin. The story is based on the tale Little Snow White from Grimm's Fairy Tales. Pushkin owned a copy of the Grimms' Fairy Tales in a French translation called Vieux contes: pour l'amusement des grands et des petits enfants.
There also exists Pushkin's own outline of the story which he planned to write, but which does not much resemble the version he ultimately published.
Directed by - Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Written by - Aleksandr Pushkin (1833)
Music by - Yuriy Nikolskiy
Release dates - 1951 (USSR)
Running time - 31 min 48 sec
Country - Soviet Union
Original language - Russian
Сказка о мёртвой царевне и семи богатырях (Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights). Cartoon in Russian with English subtitles
A long time ago, a widowed tsar married a beautiful but capricious and jealous woman, who became the queen. She had a magic mirror and asked it very often who was the fairest throughout the land. The mirror always answered that the queen was the most beautiful lady of all. But one day when she asked the question, her mirror said that the tsar's daughter from his first marriage was the most beautiful of them all.
The queen became angry and ordered her chambermaid to take the princess into the heart of the woods and abandon her. As the princess wandered alone through the deep woods, she came across an old country house where seven bogatyrs (knights) lived and she was invited to stay with them. One of them even asked for her hand in marriage, but she was already engaged to a brave young man named Prince Elisey.
Meanwhile, the jealous queen asked her magic mirror again who was the fairest throughout the land and the mirror replied again that the princess was the most beautiful one.
The chambermaid was sent out again. Disguised as an old beggar woman, she gave a poisoned apple to the princess as a present. Despite the heroic actions of her little dog, who first barked furiously to warn her and then died by biting into the apple himself, the princess ate the rest of the apple and died. The seven knights carried her in a crystal coffin to a small desert cave.
And this would be the end of the story, but ever since the princess had disappeared her fiancee Prince Elisey had been trying to find her. He went to the four quarters of the earth, asking the sun and moon where she was, but they could not tell him. At last he asked the wind, who gave him directions to the cave where the princess lay.
When Elisey saw his beloved one he broke into sobs, then hit the crystal coffin with all his might, and the princess magically came to life!
When they returned to her home, the queen died of rage and grief when she saw the princess alive and well. The princess and Elisey married and lived happily ever after.